The Sixers sent me an e-mail this AM. Here's some of the spin .
76ers Draft Thaddeus Young #12
School: Georgia Tech
High School: Mitchell HS (Memphis, TN)
"All along we were going to take the best player on the board and that was Thaddeus Young for his upside," said Sixers President, Billy King. "We looked at some guys for the now but we felt that looking for the now and the future that Thaddeus was the right pick."
76ers Acquire Draft Rights to Pick #20 Jason Smith
School: Colorado State
High School: Platte Valley HS (Kersey, CO)
"The next big guy on the board was Jason Smith and that's why we made the maneuver with Miami to get Jason Smith, giving them a future
second-round pick and cash to get the big guy that we wanted," King said. "We didn't want to take that chance that they would take him."
76ers Trade for Draft Rights to #42 Derrick Byars
"We were looking at trying to get a strong athletic guy or a big guy and we felt that Derrick Byers was the right fit," King said.
76ers Trade for Draft Rights to #55 Herbert Hill
"I just loved his athletic ability,
rebounding, and toughness," King said. "I think he can
really shoot the ball."
ESPN.com - Hill is a good
value pick here. John Hollinger's statistical system
ranked him as the 16th-best college prospect player in
the draft...read more